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#1 bonanova

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 11:13 AM

You should get at least ten good tomatoes from each of these plants, the man was told. Sounds good, he said, and the sale was made. He took them home to his garden, where he planted them in five rows of four each. It was a good growing year, weather-wise. But when the man finally counted his crop he found it totaled just 159 tomatoes. But the man was greatly pleased. He thought, I'll surely recommend that place to my friends.

Assuming the man had at least a high-school education, explain his reasoning.
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Posted 09 March 2008 - 04:18 PM

Spoiler for Tomato, Tomato....

Edited by Kay, 09 March 2008 - 04:21 PM.

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 11:22 PM

Spoiler for Maybe right. . .

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 02:01 AM

Spoiler for he got 39 more than expected

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 03:47 AM

Spoiler for With much twist


If they are literally in row.....then there might be only one possibility...some plants were dead!!!
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#6 bonanova

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 05:13 AM

Spoiler for Maybe right. . .

Well, you have the best answer so far, in terms of lowest number of tomato plants. B))
But the rows are not collinear, they are distinct -- "a row" can't be "five rows."

Everyone is on the right track.
But no one has the lowest possible number of plants, yet... ;)
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 08:16 AM

Spoiler for lowest possible number of plants...

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 08:20 AM

Spoiler for Oh no! i found the lowest!! so simple...

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 11:48 AM

Spoiler for for 59 more ...

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#10 bonanova

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:47 PM

storm [the way I envisioned it] and brhan [somewhat creatively but equally validly] have it. :)
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